In Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, there was no sight of the Ramadan crescent on Tuesday. "Thinking about Muslim students who chose to fast during the upcoming exam period as well as those who don't and may have to put up with a lot of grief for their decision", Twitter user Sarah Ager wrote. If moon sighted, Shaban will end and Ramadan will begin from tomorrow, May 17.
More than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world will mark the month, during which believers abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having martial relations from dawn until sunset. Muslims around the world are making special arrangements for Iftar - the meal to break the fast, so that poor Muslims don't suffer. This Ramadan comes amidst true humanitarian tragedies that those several Muslim countries with wars, divide and conflict violating the spirit of the message of peace, gatherers, unity, love and coexistence. In 2017, for example, some 124 extremist attacks across 24 countries took place during Ramadan.
Fasting is considered one of the five pillars of Islam. Observers are allowed to eat a pre-dawn meal, including power foods like dates, yogurt and fava beans, to get them through the day, according to USA Today.
Ramadan is a time of fasting for the muslim community, celebrating the ninth month of the year.
In Nigeria for instance, the leader of the Muslims the Sultan of Sokoto Sheikh Sa'ad Abubakar has tasked the faithful to look out for the new moon.
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Muslims during Ramadan generally greet each other saying, "Ramadan mubarak!" and Sunni Muslims go to the mosque at night to offer prayers - the practice is known as "taraweeh".
It is compulsory for all Muslims to fast except those who are exempted: children, the elderly, the sick, women who are pregnant, nursing or menstruating, and people travelling. So they said that Ramadan will start from 17th of May.
"We as a generation are much more aware of our health and wellbeing now so it is a good time to make people aware of what is and isn't good to eat during Ramadan", Dr Huda Al-Kateb said. The prayer consists of a sermon followed by the short congregational prayer.
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